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Old 16 Oct 2006
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Out for a blast early one morning in the Sultanate of Oman - early morning beautiful weather, no dependant relatives so I decide on jeans, t-shirt, XTZ750 and a gravel road.
I overcooked it at abour 100km/hr into a corner and slid for ages. Ouch. I waited, bleeding at the side of the road for about an hour when a brand new LandCruiser arrives. It is a local man with several wives and many children - we have slight language difficulties but when he leaves I guess that he will come back. He does, minus the wives, children and all the back seats. Into his new LandCruiser he single handedly lifts my Super Ten which leaks oil everywhere and I leak blood everywhere in the front seat. He is cool with that and very happy to be helping. We drive for a couple of hours when I nearly pass out, before stopping at his cousins for Friday lunch. There despite the crippling heat, flies, loss of blood and enormous pain, the family insist I am treated as a celebrated guest. Lunch takes several hours. Eventually another cousin arrives in a pickup to take me and Super Ten the remaining 300km back to Muscat and my house. Cousin unloads bike, checks with expat neighbours that I am okay and refuses any cash for petrol, time, cleaning the inside of his cousins LandCruiser.
The thing that makes me so sad is that the current politcal climate makes many Europeans suspicious of Arab Muslims - yet any one who has travelled in the region will have similiar stories to tell of enormous friendship, legendary hospitality and kindness that no other European stranger will ever have come close to have showing them.
And there is another story of an Arab who led us out of the Wahiba sands when we where hideously lost before he then walked...walked the 40km back to his house. And thats the truth and another story
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I had a Virago at the time. I went shopping to Kingston and left the bike in a moto parking bay.
When I came back, I got the key in, put the power on, and press the start button. Nothing. try again, and again... nothing. Looked all around the bike. All seemed fine, no one tempering with it and nothing obvious. Battery was almost new (due to another long story!)
Could not call my husband for advice as he was working somewhere in Siberia. Off course I had forgotten my mobile phone at home.
Found a pub, managed to phone the recovery services. After various calls they arrrange to send me a van an hour later.
So after a long time a van arrives. A big guy comes out. I explain my problem. He looks at the bike, then press the clutch, set the gear from 1st to neutral.... and starts the bike straight away! He looked at me without saying a word, it was easy to guess what he was thinking! Something along the lines "Women! Shouldn't be allowed near a bike!" He then left, whithout saying a single word all along. Seriously embarassing!
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Thats OK ! everyone makes a booboo now and then; mostly they are hidden. Looks like you met "Lonely Rider though"!
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The thing that makes me so sad is that the current politcal climate makes many Europeans suspicious of Arab Muslims - yet any one who has travelled in the region will have similiar stories to tell of enormous friendship, legendary hospitality and kindness that no other European stranger will ever have come close to have showing them.
Very true, Dick. I met a local on the Masirah Island ferry this week who left his brother's pick-up to join me in my car and show me the way through the Wahiba sands.
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